Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$10 / $12




Monday June 12, 2017



• How would you describe the sound of Sidewalk Chalk? It’s all about diversity in the music and the content and the instrumentation and what we look like. And it’s about being creative. There’s lots of jazz and hip-hop and soul and funk in the music. We have stuff that sounds new and stuff that sounds old. Being creative with raw energy and musicianship is at the forefront of what we do.

• Talk about the band’s instrumentation. The band is keyboards, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone, a singer (and a rapper) — we really stress that. We do our best to create a big sound, but to also have that flexibility to have intimate moments in the set. We cover all the bases. The band has the flexibility to bring it up or to bring it down.

• What would you say about the look of the band? It’s not something we think about. The music community in Chicago is so diverse in terms of everything — age, sex, race. People are people. Musicians are musicians. There are white folks in the band, black folks in the band, Jewish folks in the band, women in the band. It means something for people to see that onstage. I hope it inspires something in people. Come to our show and see different-looking people having fun and creating something.

• How would you describe the “Shoulder Season” album? We really wanted to highlight our live show. We recorded in seven cities around the country, including St. Louis, all new material, and pieced them together. Half a song could be from Chicago, the bridge could be from Nashville and the end of the song could be from Detroit. There’s lots of crowd noise in there and what feels like a packed room. We didn’t want it to sound too polished. We want it to sound like you’re in the venues we love.